I have lost my sensei of 18 years, Sensei Marion Mucha, Principal of Lancashire Aikikai, who died about 6 years ago age 79.
He had the most beautiful soft and powerful aikido, after coming from a much harder background in Special Forces and Judo. He was also a skilled healer, always available to his students with shiatsu or herbal poultices. He also taught zazen after training in Paris with Deshimaru Roshi.
A sign of his character was that he would come down before courses and put mats out before people arrived!
All who knew him miss his teaching and his presence.
Yours in Aiki,